The 15-and-under South Troy Dodgers baseball team won the prestigious War at the Shore baseball tournament in Mystic, Conn. recently. In three games, the Dodgers beat opponents by more than three runs, invoking the mercy rule.
"The boys simply overwhelmed their opponents, in every phase of the game" said assistant coach Gary Sprague.
The power was supplied by Eric Golderman, Niko Church, Dylan Sprague, Jack LeRoux and Andrew Hauser, who all contributed extra base hits. In the medal round, Mike DeCarlo, and Travis Buckley shut down a strong Long Island team , winning 12-1. In the semifinals, Mike Pastore pitched a complete game , beating the strong Long Island Vipers. In the championship game, the Dodgers again used Mike DeCarlo, who shut down a team from Connecticut.
"We knew we could win this tournament, and playing three games in ninety degree heat was not easy, but the boys actually got stronger with each game. they smelled blood in the water," said coach Sprague.
In softball news, the Original Slik Chix (coached by Mechanicville HS softball coach Don Arceneaux) are hosting an 18-and-under tournament this weekend at the McBride fields in Mechanicville. Games begin Saturday at 8 a.m. and every team plays three games for seeding, followed by single elimination on Sunday. There are 15 teams in the tournament.
Some of the local teams include:
Original Slik Chix - players include Anna Arceneaux, Alysa Russell, Abby Maiello and Kelsey Hines (Mechanicville); Rachel Quackenbush (Hoosick Falls); Dani Bell and Katie Merrill (Queensbury); Giuliana Figliomeni (Shen); Meg Volz (Lansingburgh).
New York Outkast - players include Kylie Benoit (Catholic Central High); Shana Cooper (Cohoes); Meagan Fleming, Emily Fleming and Nikki Colamaria (Saratoga Springs); Bridgette Plummer (Utica College, formerly from Schuylerville); Ally Koney (Shen); Audrey Avery (Ballston Spa); Meghan Matan (HVCC, formerly from Shaker); Sally Jo Frakes (Cambridge); Alex Staroba (Guilderland).
Other local teams in the field:
Slik Chix Jackson (a second Slik Chix team)
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